YOBS hurled a live chicken through a fast food restaurant’s drive-through serving hatch.
Staff and customers at the McDonald’s restaurant, at Wolviston Services, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, could not believe their eyes when the pranksters threw the bird into the eaterie through a food collection hatch.
Workers immediately rang the police and the RSPCA also attended to deal with the unexpected feathery visitor on Tuesday, January 27.
The unknown youths had ordered and paid for their food in the drive-through but instead of collecting their order, they decided to throw a live chicken through the serving hatch of the restaurant.
The chicken, which was unharmed, was collected by animal welfare officer Ron Crawford and is in the care of the RSPCA.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector for the Cleveland and County Durham, John Lawson, said: “We would like to discourage people from repeating such pranks.
“Chickens are protected animals and are protected under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
“To subject the animals to pranks such as this could be an offence.”
A McDonald’s spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the incident took place in our restaurant and the RSPCA are investigating further.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Inspector Crawford on 0300 1234999.